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Program of the National Show 1999 in Halifax


Rhododendron Society of Canada (American Rhododendron Society – District 12)

Friday, June 11 – Sunday,June 13, 1999

Alumni Lounge, Daltech
1350 Barrington Street, Halifax, NS

Hosted by Rhododendron Society of Canada Atlantic Region


All events will take place in the Alumni Lounge at the main entrance of Daltech, 1350 Barrington St., Halifax unless otherwise noted.

Friday, June 11, 1999

1:00 pm to 8:00 pm Registration
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm Early Bird Tours of City Gardens
5:00 pm. to 6:30 pm Plant Sale – Common Room
5:00 pm to 7:30 pm Flower Show Entries
7:00 pm. to 8:00 pm Informal Reception (Cash Bar)
8:00 pm Lecture: Dr. Nick Nickou (Common Room)
10:00 pm After Hours Get Together

Saturday, June 12, 1999

8:00 am to 10:00 pm: Registration & Flower Show Entries
8:00 am to 10:30 am: Morning Coffee
9:00 am to 10:00 am: RSC Annual General Meeting (Common Room)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Flower Show Judging

10:00 am to 2:30 pm: Tour #1: Local Gardens (Pre-registration Required)
Gardens of ‘Boulderwood’
Box Lunch at Sir Sanford Fleming Park
Cornwall Garden

1:00 pm to 5:30 pm: Flower Show Open to the Public
(Open to meeting participants until 8:30p.m.)

3:00 pm to 3:40 pm: Lectures (Common Room)
John Weagle: ‘Breeding Strategies’
Dick Steele: ‘Breeding for Yellows’

3:40 pm to 5:30 pm: Breeder’s Roundtable (Common Room)
Dick Steele, Moderator

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Banquet & Awards Presentation
Prime Rib & Atlantic Salmon Buffet
Casual Dress, Pre-registration Required

8:30 pm: Lecture (Common Room)
Dr. Nick Nickou: ‘Species Rhododendrons’

10:00 pm: After Hours Get Together

Sunday, June 13, 1999

8:30 am to 3:30 pm: Tour #2: Bayport
(Pre-registration Required, No Private Vehicles Permitted)
Introduction by Captain R.M. Steele
Bayport Plant Farm, Rosebay
Box Lunch Included

Optional Sidetrip:The Ovens Provincial Park
For those who do not wish to spend entire 3 hours at Bayport. Bus will depart from the Nursery after first 90 minutes of tour.

Bus Tour of Historic Lunenburg



DR NICKOLAS NICKOU: ‘Available But Unused’ and ‘Species Rhododendrons’
Doctor Nickou is an extremley knowledgable plantsman who gardens in southern Connecticut. His specialty is woody plants and his garden features extensive collections of rhododendrons & magnolias. Dr. Nickou has travelled extensively exploring the flora of many countries. Among his recent endeavours is the founding of the Daphne Society.

JOHN WEAGLE: ‘Breeding Stategies’
John, another keen plantsman, gardens in Halifax. John has been hybridizing with rhododendrons, with an emphasis on evergreen azaleas, for nearly two decades.

CAPTAIN R.M. STEELE: ‘Breeding for Yellows’
Dick, to most, needs no introduction. His contributions to the promotion and cultivation of rhododendrons in Atlantic Canada are immeasurable. The results of his decades of hybridizing will be readily apparent in many of the gardens to be toured and particularly at Bayport Plant Farm, the current 40 acre home to his breeding program. Captain Steele received the ARS Gold Medal in 1998.

Additional Information

Flower Show

All members and participants are encouraged to enter trusses and plants in the show. Rules and entry tags are available upon request. Participants with 10 or more entries are asked to obtain and complete entry tags in advance.

Photographic Exhibit

An unjudged photo exhibit of rhododendrons, azaleas and companion plants will be on display in the Alumni Lounge during the Flower Show. Please bring your favourite photographs. Any degree of expertise and artistry
is welcome. Don’t be shy!

  • Three photos up to 16″ x 20″ may be entered.
  • Mounting or frame preferred but not required.
  • Ensure your name and address is on the back.
  • Provide a plant description, your name and any
  • Comments on a 3″ x 5″ index card
  • Photos will be received during registration.
  • Entries must be picked up following the banquet

Plant Sale

We hope to have a good selection of hard to find and unusual rhododendrons and other plants for Sale. All well as RSCAR, we hope to have several local
specialist nurseries participating. Plant inspection will be arranged.


Arrangements have been made for residence accommodations at Daltech at M.M. O’Brien Hall, 5217 Morris Street. Double rooms only are available at a rate of $54.00 per night for single or double occupancy. This rate includes breakfast, parking and all taxes. Rooms must be reserved on the pre-registration form.

For those who prefer hotel accommodations a small block of rooms has been
reserved at the Cambridge Suites Hotel, 1583 Brunswick Street – one block
away. The rate for a basic ‘mini-suites’ is $135.00 plus taxes for single or
double occupancy. A deluxe continental breakfast is included. Please note that
these rooms will only be held until May 1st. You must make your own
reservations. 902-420-0555

Planning An Extended Vacation?

Nova Scotia Tourism has brochures available to help you plan your holiday.
Contact them at 1-800-565-0000 or at for information. Be sure to request a copy of the Doers & Dreamers Guide.


Please contact the Registrars to obtain a registration form. The form must be
received by the Registrars no later than May 8, 1999. Seating for Tour #2 and residence accommodation are limited and cannot be guaranteed after this date.

Sandy Brown/Audrey Fralic, Registrars
Box 17, Milton, NS, Canada B0T 1P0

For further information contact Sandy Brown at 902-354-3783 or


Registration: $40.00/Person

Tour #1: Local Gardens – Saturday, June 12 $12.00/Person
(Box Lunch Included/Transportation by Car Pool)

Tour #2: Bayport – Sunday, June 13 $38.00/Person
(Transportation and Box Lunch Included)

Banquet: Carved Beef & Atlantic Salmon Buffet $30.00/Person